Hearty Rice Salad (2 ways)

Need a hearty salad that will stand up to the summer heat at a BBQ?  This is the perfect salad…or should I say these are the perfect salads!  This hearty rice salad, depending on the option you choose, can be enjoyed as a main course or as a side dish.

 

Ingredients
2 c uncooked wild rice blend (I used Lundberg’s)
1/2 c pecans – chopped
1/2 c dried cranberries – chopped
3-4 green onions – chopped
1 bunch chives – chopped
2-3 medium carrots – large diced (I used yellow rainbow carrots)
2 c red grapes – halved

Dressing
2 T olive oil
1/2 c rice wine vinegar
2 T honey (agave or maple syrup)
2 T liquid amigos (soy sauce)
sea salt and pepper to taste

 

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  • Cook rice according to directions and let cool
  • Chop pecans, dried cranberries, green onions, chives, carrots and grapes.
  • Combine rice and chopped ingredients in large bowl
  • In small bowl mix together dressing ingredients.
  • Pour dressing over rice mix, stirring to incorporate.
  • Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate before serving.

 

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Options
Use Black Rice instead of Wild Rice Blend.
Use Rhubarb instead of carrots
Use dried cherries instead of cranberries
The dressing can stay the same.

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Enjoy!

***You can easily make this salad ahead of time.  It keeps quite well in the refrigerator.  If you think that the rice has dried out a bit, sprinkle more olive oil and vinegar, then toss before serving.

 

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One comment

  1. We are especially fond of liquid aminos😊. Love this recipe. Made it recently but did not think of pecans LP

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